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Piers Corbyn filmed ‘encouraging public to burn MPs’ offices’.

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Corbyn: Beyond a Joke.

Two prominent Brexiters are in the news.

Brexit minister’s shock resignation leaves Boris Johnson reeling

Lord Frost’s frustrated exit is yet another blow for PM struggling for control of his government

Boris Johnson was dealt another major blow to his leadership on Saturday night as it emerged that the man overseeing Brexit was resigning from the cabinet.

With Tory MPs already warning the prime minister that he would have to regain control of the government to survive as leader until the next election, it emerged that Lord Frost is to leave the government after frustrations over Brexit negotiations and broader concerns over the government’s Covid policies and tax increases.

The other was Piers Corbyn, a hard line Leave supporter whose own ‘concerns’ about government Covid policies have led him to become a public nuisance. For reasons which are not clear there is no restraining order on the man intent on carrying out what can be called harassment.

The latest story began with Tweets on behalf of Corbyn to parallel yesterday’s London demonstration against Vaccine Passports.

Things quickly developed.

This Story began to circulate widely, it is thought, when ‘Habibi’, believed to be the nom de guerre of David Toube, tweeted. (1)

Given the source not everybody was immediately sure about the claims. Well, it was there on the video. Was this really a shot taken yesterday? Yes.

The Media took it up:

As it began to sink in people had got quickly angrier and angrier.

Let us be clear: Piers Corbyn has, as Ian F points out, passed from confusionism, to red-brownism and conspiracy mongering about the New World Order, to outright fascism.

If the Police decide to prosecute and he gets slung in gaol him few people on the left will shed any tears.

BREAKING:

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(1) Toube’s counter-extremism background is touched on at points in this article, principally about Maajid Nawaz The Charmed Life & Strange, Sad Death OF THE QUILLIAM FOUNDATION Nafeez Ahmed11 May 2021 to his credit David left Quilliam when it leading figure went off the rails in a big way. It is thought that it no coincidence that Toube’s interest in Piers Corbyn comes at a time when his former colleague Nawaz has got involved in disputes about Covid, “UNHAPPY times at LBC, where coronavirus is causing public dissension between its presenters. Iain Dale began a war of words with his radio colleague Maajid Nawaz last night, accusing Nawaz of spreading “deranged rubbish” about the pandemic. Nawaz had questioned the use of the Covid booster.” December the 14th.

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December 19, 2021 at 9:14 am

The Transgender Issue. Shon Faye. A Left Review.

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The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice, Shon Faye. Allen Lane 2021.

“The demand for true trans liberation” writes Shon Faye in the Preface to The Transgender Issue, “echoes and overlaps with the demands of workers, socialists, feminists, anti-racist and queer people”. Interviewed in the bi-monthly Huck just ahead of the book’s release the author said, ” transphobia is a direct product of capitalism, racism, and state power.” At the end of a strongly argued exploration of a “century of injustice” Faye says that justice, “trans liberation” “the gleaming opulence of our freedom”, cannot be won “under capitalism”.

Chapters from Trans Lives Now, to The State are impassioned, and convincing, accounts of the difficulties faced by trans people. They face “marginalisation, prejudice and oppression”, ostracism, the “long tradition of sensationalist, degrading exhibition” and an unreformed British system “built around specialist gender clinics” for transition-related care. The bureaucratic process this requires in the UK, influenced by the background of the diagnosis of ‘gender dysphoria’, she comments, is easier to manage if you are “middle-class, educated” “with a university degree who speaks with Received Pronunciation”. Access to puberty blockers, through the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) for example, means lengthy negotiating, illustrated by the case of Henry, born female, a process fraught with difficulties. These obstacles ought to be done away with; medical discrimination and abuse must, she declares, not just end but trans healthcare should be “revolutionised urgently.”

The Transgender Issue is critical or “corporate diversity” programmes and leaving trans liberation to charities and NGOs. She talks of a “long history of state valence and suppression”. And yet, Faye asserts, some feminists, step forward Julie Bindel, talk of the Police capture by the ‘trans-Taliban.” “While te idea that a shadowy trans lobby or ‘Taliban; has achieved institutional capture of the police is a delusional conspiracy, part of the creation of a ‘folk devil’ in moral panics” she conceded that there “are legitimate criticism” to be made of a trans movement getting too close to the policing services. (Page 167). There is a history of hostility and something that she calls “whiteness and white supremacy”. On the highly emotive issue of trans people in prison, that is women’s prisons, she states that claims of trans-identity must be respected, claiming that in any case violence is endemic in gaols. In any case the “prison industrial complex” described by the American radical Angela Davis to describe her country’s system, should go, “ultimate liberation and well being of all trans people, right down to the most vulnerable, depends on moving to a world with no prisons at all.” (Page 188)

“Gender Theory”.

Faye is a partisan of the gender theory take on Simone de Beauvoir’s famous statement that one is not born a woman, one becomes one. The writer of Le Deuxième Sexe (1949), as she added later, referred to the creation of “la féminité” (femininity, womanhood), and masculinity and virility (la masculinité, la virilité). (1) “Our sex bodies never exist outside social meanings”, she continues, “The gender critical feminist idea – that there exists  an objective biological reality which is observable to everyone in the same way and distinct from that, a constructed of subjective gender stereotypes that can be easily abolished – is an oversimplification. “(Page 240) De Beauvoir’s statement points in many directions, both towards this take, to the biological foundations of sex, personal history (beautifully explored in the volume of her autobiography Memoirs of a Dutiful DaughterMémoires d’une jeune fille rangée 1958) and the social construction of our identities, sexual and social.

Is it “biological essentialism” to say that genetics exist? That there are no doubt many examples of how gender is socially defined. The odd-sounding “cis” as a prefix (Latin, “on the same side as”) in ‘cisgender” to describe males “born with a penis” who are “not transgender” is one attempt at social categorisation. Does this have such weight as to do away with biology? It does not seem likely.

The Blog Irish Marxist summarises the principal objection,

(Kathleen Stock criticises the idea…) the sexes are social constructions (and not biological constructs) such that language and the words we use don’t refer to an independent and prior reality but are ‘productive’ or ‘constitutive’ of that reality.  Marxists are conscious that there is an independent reality – we are materialists – but aware that humans are also a part of that reality and that their thoughts and actions interpret and shape that reality.

Stock is referring to Judith Butler for whom “there’s nothing ‘underneath’ or ‘before’ language that would secure linguistic reference to something ‘outside’ of it.”  For Marxists there is something ‘underneath’, ‘before’ and ‘outside’ that make their understanding of the world and political programme to change it relevant and realistic.  

Gender Critical Feminists have argued that, “Sex matters”, defended women’s spaces and opposed the Gender Recognition Act and have been sceptical, if not more, about loose legal gender self-identification. Faye asserts that the question of women’s spaces is “central to transphobic discoure” She says, TERF (Trans exclusive Radical Feminists), “no longer solely denotes women with left-wing radical feminist politics (including the revolutionary political lesbians who left their male children behind to live in all-female separatist communes). Now it is applied to any transphobic troll or bigot of almost any political persuasion..”(Page 229) The appliers are in this manner given free-rein to shout it as they will. There is no proper discussion of the hate-campaigns and harassment waged against feminists who disagree with the stand taken by Faye and her side. Instead there is a heap of media quotes from opinionated UK feminist journalists, paid to give gut-reaction pieces, and smears linking this side of feminism to the national populist and religious right.

“Transphobic Feminism”

The dominance of ‘Transphobic feminism” is we learn a “peculiarly British phenomenon”. They do things better in “other Anglophone counties”, in the US above all, where, apparently, anti-trans feminism originally came from, it has withered. “Inclusion” is now the norm amongst American feminists. The dominant liberal idea of equality of opportunity in these circles, one cannot fail to note, is one current of thought that is perfectly at home with trans-acceptance. The “colonialism of mainstream UK feminism” reflects, she suggests, the heritage of Empire and ignorance of how colonialisation imposed a “strict gender binary of men and women”. How lucky the US feminists are to have escaped the legacy of Imperialism!

“The intellectual justification for transphobia on the left” Faye concludes, “is usually framed as concerned about a mythologised ‘trans ideology’ which is individualist bourgeois and unconcerned with class struggle.” (Page 263). Yet, she continue, most trans people are working class, and “the oppression of trans people is specifically rooted in capitalism”. The best that The Transgender Issue can come up with to back this claim is that capitalist production is rooted in the “different categories of men’s work and women’s work” (such as housework, child-rearing and emotional labour)”. These are features of many modes of production that predate capitalism, aside from a few people’s ideas of a hypothetical primitive communism. A proper look at the system operating today, after, primitive accumulation, wage-labour, the private ownership of the means of production, the forms of imperialism in a globalised world, the circuits of Capital, surplus value, all the categories of Marxist theory, developed and transformed in the present (post?) ‘neo-liberal’ stage of accumulation, are beyond the book’s horizon. Explaining how the ‘trans issue’ can be worked into all this would be indeed be a valuable effort.

As with the idea floated of abolishing prisons, sometime, there is little plausible detail on the strategy of anti-capitalist trans-movement. It would not be leap to suggest that for Shon Faye class struggle appears to mean something like this:

A huge step forward for trans protest in Britain. Charlotte Powell December the 4th.

The demands set out by Transgender Action Block are:

  1. An informed consent model of care
  2. Abolition of the segregated Gender Identity Clinics
  3. No more segregated pilot schemes
  4. Resume prescription of puberty blockers to trans youth
  5. Equity of treatment in all aspects of healthcare

Trans struggle is class struggle – it is a struggle for life

One of the Transgender Action Block organisers gave a speech focusing on the class nature of medical transphobia. She described how the state demands that everyone, including cis people, operate within strictly binary categories of gender. Navigating the expensive and gatekept legal requirements of transition is labyrinthine for trans people who identify as women or men, impossible for those who identify as nonbinary. Meanwhile, accessing timely healthcare is only an option for the mostly white and middle-class trans people who are able to go through private clinics. The forces that condition trans peoples’ lives and entrap us are the same forces that maintain class oppression and capitalism. 

These are decent proposals for reforms. There is no plan to fight capitalism as system as such. For all Faye’s off-putting rhetoric, and disagreement about ‘gender’, many people can support the demands.

Fights for people’s rights have historically expanded outside of traditional definitions of ‘human rights’ such as Jacques Rancière and Claude Lefort have, in different ways, argued. The original declaration of human rights at the start of the French Revolution in 1789, the Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen was answered by the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen (Déclaration des droits de la femme et de la citoyenne) of Olympe de Gouges. She perished on the Guillotine. Gender critical feminism has its own claims to this emancipatory tradition. It is not going to be silenced by those who try to shout it down.

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(1)  “On fabrique la féminité comme on fabrique d’ailleurs la masculinité, la virilité. “

This is a summary of what De Beauvoir thought about feminism:

“Dans les deux sexes se jouent les mêmes drames de la chair et de l’esprit, de la finitude et de la transcendance, les deux sont rongés par le temps, guettés par la mort, ils ont un même essentiel besoin de l’autre ; ils peuvent tirer de leur liberté la même gloire ; s’ils savaient la goûter, ils ne seraient plus tentés de se discuter de fallacieux privilèges ; et la fraternité pourrait alors naître entre eux.

In both sexes, the same dramas of flesh and spirit, of finitude and transcendence are played out, both are eaten away by time, watched over by death, they have the same essential need for the other. ; they can derive the same glory from their freedom; if they knew how to savour it, they would no longer be tempted to discuss false privileges; and solidarity could then be born between them. ” 

Written by Andrew Coates

December 8, 2021 at 2:36 pm

Declared Bankrupt Tony Greenstein Appeals for Funds to Publish  “a Very Special Book – Zionism During the Holocaust”.

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Chris Williamson shares platform with expelled anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein  | Jewish News

Chris Williamson Backs Greenstein Call For Funds for Book On “Zionism During the Holocaust”.

A Crowdfunding Appeal to Publish a Very Special Book – Zionism During the Holocaust.

Please Give Generously to My Crowdfunder – Don’t Let the Zionists Silence the Truth About Their Record,

A professor recently remarked to me how strange it is that virtually none of the thousands of books and articles on the Holocaust deal with the relationship between the Zionist movement and the Nazis.

We all know where this is going.

Questions are being asked about how Greenstein is able to do this when he is a declared bankrupt.

Bankruptcy Orders

GREENSTEIN, TONY

PO Box 173, BRIGHTON, BN51 9EZ

Tony Greenstein also known as Anthony Greenstein and also known as Anthony Nathan Greenstein of current address unknown, England lately of (a) PO Box 173, Brighton, BN51 9EZ; and (b) 81 The Brow, Woodingdean, Brighton, BN2 6LP currently unemployed

In the High Court Of Justice

No 159 of 2021

Date of Filing Petition: 1 June 2021

Bankruptcy order date: 14 July 2021

Time of Bankruptcy Order: 10:46

Whether Debtor’s or Creditor’s Petition—Creditor’s

Name and address of petitioner: CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISMPO Box 2647, LONDON, W1A 3RB

K Jackson 1st Floor, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1EG, telephone: 03030031735

Capacity of office holder(s): Trustee

14 July 2021

I have written a book ‘Zionism During the Holocaust’ which is highly controversial topic. I am having to self-publish and I am asking you to..

£560

£6,500 target26 days left8%

Written by Andrew Coates

December 6, 2021 at 9:31 am